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Armenia names its top10 athletes of the year
/Dec 21/Panorama/

Armenian Ministry of Sport and Youth has published the list of the “10 Best Athletes of the Year” following the vote through SMS vote and the voting of the media accredited by the Ministry as well as the voting of the coaches of the Armenian Olympic and Non-Olympic sports teams.

The following Armenian athletes made it to the top 10: Arthur Alexanyan (Greco-Roman wrestling), Arthur Tovmasyan (Sports gymnastics), Ferdinand Karapetyan (Judo), Vladimir Harutyunyan / Lev Sargsyan (Synchronous jump), Arsen Ghazaryan (Sambo), Maxim Manukyan (Greco-Roman wrestling)
Simon Martirosyan (Weightlifting), Gor Minasyan (Weightlifting), Grigor Mkhitaryan (Sambo), and Edgar Stepanyan (Cycling)

To note, the extended list of the nominees comprised 21 names. The SMS voting took place on December 7-21, and the media and coaches voted on December 21. 


Օսիպյանի հրահանգով մեկնարկել է օլիգարխների թիկնազորերը «ասֆալտին փռելու» գործընթացը
/Dec 25/Verelq.am

Հայաստանի ոստիկանապետ Վալերիյ Օսիպյանի հրահանգով այսօրվանից մեկնարկելու է օլիգարխների թիկնազորերը «ասֆալտին փռելու» գործընթացը։

«Վերջին ժամանակահատվածում «ասֆալտին փռելու» բառակապակցությունը շատ շահարկվում է», ֊ «Ֆեյսբուքյան ասուլիսի» եթերում մանրամասնել է Օսիպյանը՝ շարունակելով. ֊ «Նախքան ասֆալտին փռելը մենք կանխարգելիչ աշխատանքներ ենք տանում։ Կա համապատասխան հանձնարարական իմ կողմից, բոլորին զգուշացվել է՝ ով կընդունի, կընդունի։ Եվ օգտվելով առիթից ասեմ՝ հենց վաղը սկսվելու է այդ գործընթացը։ Եթե որևէ մեկը հայտնվի երկրորդ մեքենայով, իհարկե՝ ժողովրդի ասած՝ կփռենք ասֆալտին»։

Վարչապետ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանը դեռ Երևանի ավագանու ընտրությունների քարոզարշավի ժամանակ հանձնարարական էր տվել որոշ օլիգարխների ու նրանց թիկնապահներին փռել ասֆալտին:


ՌԴ բնակիչները «թավշյա հեղափոխությունը» 2018 թ. ամենակարևոր իրադարձություններից են համարել
/Dec 24/Verelq.am

Ռուսական «Լևադա կենտրոն»-ը հարցում է անցկացրել, որի ժամանակ ռուսաստանցիները հայտնել են անցնող տարվա ամենակարևոր իրադարձությունները:

Ըստ РБК-ի, դրանց թվում է հայտնվել է նաև Հայաստանի «թավշյա հեղափոխությունը»: Նման կարծիք է հայտնել հարցվածների 3 տոկոսը:

Ռուսաստանի բնակիչներն անցնող տարվա գլխավոր իրադարձություններից են համարել Ղրիմի կամրջի բացումը (47%), կենսաթոշակային համակարգի բարեփոխումը (46%), ՌԴ նախագահական ընտրությունները (37%) :
 

Armenia MP: Turkey has nothing to do in Karabakh process Armenia MP: Turkey has nothing to do in Karabakh process
/Dec 26/News.am/

Turkey has nothing to do in the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) process.

Eduard Sharmazanov, former ruling Republican Party of Armenia Vice-Chairman and Spokesperson as well as outgoing vice-speaker of the National Assembly, wrote the abovementioned on Facebook.

“The day before, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu made a precarious and impermissible statement, linking Armenian-Turkish relations directly to the Artsakh [conflict’s] settlement,” Sharmazanov wrote. “

1. The Artsakh settlement and the Armenian-Turkish issue are two different processes, and it is impermissible to link them to one another.

“2. Armenia’s new power is obligated to strongly react to this absurdity by Çavuşoğlu.

“3. Turkey has nothing to do in the Artsakh issue; there is the OSCE Co-Chairmanship for that.

“4. The international recognition of Artsakh’s independence is just a matter of time.

“5. Turkey’s policy of dictating preconditions is reprehensible.”

A number of intellectuals and experts formed a working group that will develop approaches to resolve the Karabakh conflict.
/Dec 27/Arminfo/Tatevik Shahunyan/

A number of intellectuals and experts decided to form a working group that will develop approaches to resolve the Karabakh conflict and present them to the Prime Minister, the head of the foreign ministry and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

The working group included Chairman of the Armenian Democratic Party Aram Sargsyan, Ambassador Arman Navasardyan, expert Alexander  Manasyan, first ombudsman of Armenia Larisa Alaverdyan, ecologist  Karine Danielyan. The head of the organizing committee, Aram Sargsyan, in particular, stressed that the Madrid Principles did not make progress in the negotiation process, and the constant talk about unilateral territorial concessions create quasi-expectations in society. The meeting participants also stressed that the new authorities of Armenia have all the opportunities to propose a new, more promising agenda for resolving the problem. “It is necessary, first, to sign an agreement on the peace process, in the context of which it will be possible to move the process off the ground,” members of the initiative group stressed. 


Margarita Simonyan named most quoted Russian media person of 2018
/Dec 27/Panorama/

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Rossiya Segodnya international news agency and the RT broadcaster, has topped the list of Russia’s most quoted media personas of 2018, compiled by an independent monitoring firm, Sputnik reports.

Her most popular quotes included her announcement of the interview she had with the two Russians suspected by UK authorities of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal and her referral to the arrest of the chief editor of the RIA Novosti Ukraine web portal, Kirill Vyshinsky, as an act of revenge for Russia building a bridge to Crimea.

The second spot in the rating by Medialogia, which monitors social and news media online, went to Alexei Venediktov, the editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station, trailed by sports journalist and commentator Dmitry Guberniev. 


More than 120 judges sacked in Azerbaijan
/Dec 26/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – More than 120 judges have been fired in Azerbaijan, local media reported.

According to local news media, the reason for the dismissals is misconduct.

The decision to fire the judges was made during a sitting at the justice ministry on December 25.
 

More than 80% of citizens approve post-revolution changes in Yerevan police work
/Dec 27/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN- 81,1% of surveyed Yerevan citizens approve the changes that took place within the city’s police system.

GALLUP International Association asked citizens of Yerevan how they assess the changes of the work of the police after the revolution. 28,9% said “completely positive”, 52,2% more positive, while 4,8% said nothing has changed, and 3,5% gave a completely negative answer.

The poll was conducted among 602 people from December 20 to December 25.
 

57.1% of Yerevan residents notice mild attitude among Traffic Police towards driver’s violationsShare
/Dec 27/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – 57.1% of the residents of Yerevan think that after the revolution the Traffic Police show quite mild attitude to driver’s violations, GALLUP International Association’s Armenia member MPG director Aram Navasardyan said today introducing the results of the recent poll, reports Armenpress.

“19.6% of the survey respondents fully agree that after the revolution the Traffic Police show quite mild attitude to the violations of drivers, 37.5% rather agree and 14.5% do not agree with this view at all”, he said.

The poll has been conducted from December 20 to 25. 602 citizens have been surveyed.
 

Iranian, Armenian Diplomats Discuss U.S. Sanctions
/Dec 27/RFE/RL Armenian Report/

Armenia’s ambassador to Iran has reportedly discussed with a senior Iranian official way of reducing the impact of U.S. sanctions against Tehran on bilateral commercial ties.

According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Artashes Tumanian briefed Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi on recent political developments in Armenia and his government’s foreign policy priorities when they met on Wednesday.

A statement released by the ministry on Thursday said they then discussed Armenian-Iranian relations.

 “In particular, they spoke about deepening the political dialogue, developing economic cooperation in the conditions of American sanctions, organizing high-level mutual visits and a number of other issues,” added the statement. It gave no other details.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian made clear on December 22 that his government intends to “deepen not only economic but also political relations with Iran” despite the U.S. sanctions that have been re-imposed by President Donald Trump. He spoke at the official opening of an Armenian-Iranian joint venture in the northern city of Vanadzor.

Pashinian said last month the United States “understands” Armenia’s desire to maintain a “special” relationship with the Islamic Republic.

Earlier in November, a team of U.S. officials visited Yerevan to explain the sanctions to Armenia’s government and private sector. Iran was also high on the agenda of U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton’s October trip to Armenia. Bolton said after talks with Pashinian that commercial and other traffic through the Armenian-Iranian border is “going to be a significant issue” for Washington.

With Armenia’s borders with Azerbaijan and Turkey closed due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iran as well as Georgia serve as the sole conduits for the landlocked country’s trade with the outside world.

Armenia also imports Iranian natural gas and other fuel. The gas supplies should increase significantly after the ongoing construction of a third power transmission line connecting the two countries is completed next year.

According to official Armenian statistics, Armenia’s trade with Iran soared by 40 percent, to $297 million, in the first ten months of this year.
 

Grigor Hovhannissian, Artak Apitonian appointed Armenia deputy FMs Grigor Hovhannissian, Artak Apitonian appointed Armenia deputy FMs
/Dec 30/News.am/

By the decision of Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Ashot Hovakimian, who earlier was appointed the Ambassador of Armenia to the Czech Republic, has been dismissed from office of Deputy Foreign Minister.

In accordance with another decision by the acting PM, Garen Nazarian, who recently was appointed the Ambassador of Armenia to the Holy See, also has been relieved of his duties as Deputy FM.

In line with another decision by Pashinyan, Grigor Hovhannissian and Artak Apitonian have been appointed deputy FMs.

Apitonian on Saturday was recalled from the office of the Ambassador of Armenia to Sweden, whereas Hovhannissian was earlier dismissed from his duties as the Ambassador of Armenia to the US.


Armenian capital honors Holocaust survivor who coined the term ‘genocide’
/Dec 31/The Times of Israel/By Cnaan Liphshiz/

Raphael Lemkin helped draft the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, after years of campaigning for measure

JTA — Armenia’s capital named a street for Raphael Lemkin, the Jewish lawyer who coined the term genocide.

The deputy mayor of Yerevan, Sergey Harutunyan, said during the ceremony earlier this month that Lemkin’s legacy had a “serious impact” on world history, the Armenrpess agency reported from the December 11 ceremony.

Lemkin was born in what is today Belarus to a Polish-Jewish family. He fled the Nazis in 1941 to the United States.

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As a jurist, he helped draft the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, for which he had campaigned for years.

The slaughter of thousands of Armenian civilians by Turkish troops during World War I had an early and powerful influence on Lemkin, who was born in 1900.  Upon studying it, he wrote,” my worries about the murder of the innocent became more meaningful to me. I didn’t know all the answers, but I felt that a law against this type of racial or religious murder must be adopted by the world.”

Lemkin was fluent in nine languages and was able to read 14. His first published book was a 1926 translation of the Chaim Nachman Bialik novella “Noach and Marynka” from Hebrew into Polish.

He died in 1959.


In 2018, over 25 attempt to illegally cross Armenia border with Turkey, Iran In 2018, over 25 attempt to illegally cross Armenia border with Turkey, Iran
/Jan 1/News.am/

In 2018, over two and a half dozen violators of the Armenian-Turkish and Armenian-Iranian borders were detained.

According to the source, the statistics is much higher than in previous years.

Experts link these trends with processes in the Middle East and the flow of migrants towards Europe.
 

Stats Service: Number of especially serious crimes increased by 30% in Armenia Stats Service: Number of especially serious crimes increased by 30% in Armenia
/Jan 1/News.am/

A sharp increase in particularly serious crimes has been registered in Armenia.

According to the National Statistical Service, the increase in crimes in Armenia was 13%, with the number of especially serious crimes increasing by 30%.

A total of 20,267 crimes were registered in January-November 2018, comparing with 17898 crimes registered last year.

A total of 209 especially serious crimes were committed in 2018, comparing with 161 as of the same period last year. The number of serious crimes was 3224, last year – 2404. At the same time, the number of murders decreased up to 34 instead of 46.

The number of crimes with the use of firearms and ammunition increased up to 53 comparing with 49 last year.

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